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‘Bending Towards The Light … A Jazz Nativity’

Never has there been such a combination of jazz and theater!

People of all faiths, for jazz fans and those new to it, young and old, return year after year.  The joy, love and camaraderie inherent in the show radiates throughout the audience.

The show was written and arranged by singer-songwriter Anne Phillips at the suggestion of the late John Garcia Gensel, “The Jazz Pastor” of St. Peter’s Church.  The Jazz Nativity was premiered in 1985.

The original music written by Ms. Phillips, Bob Kindred and Dave and Iola Brubeck is combined with well-known carols.  The soundtrack recording features the late CBS journalist Charles Kuralt as host and jazz greats Lionel Hampton, Dave Brubeck and Tito Puente.

The show plays annually in New York and cities across the country.

“In Bethlehem in the grotto where Christ was born, a light shines into the darkness.  The light is meant to serve, as light serves for so many religions and philosophies, as a symbol of truth and love and hope. Hope, that even in a dark season, we may begin to see the world BENDING TOWARDS THE LIGHT.”

- Charles Kuralt from The Jazz Nativity


“Brilliant, infectious, the music roars … a spell-binding production!
- New York Amsterdam News

 “None of the classics is half so giddy, nor so utterly entertaining as “The Jazz Nativity.”
- Howard Reich, Chicago Tribune

“By the end of “The Jazz Nativity” you know you’ve been through something wonderful.”
- Dr. Billy Taylor, CBS Sunday Morning

“It swings so hard you dance in your seat …
- US 1

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The Jazz Nativity 2012 welcomes:

Three Kings:
- trombonist Steve Turre
- dancer Max “Rumba tap” Pollak
- trumpeter Ray Vega

- New York’s “singing policeman” Daniel Rodriguez
- jazz singer Claudia Acuña
- soprano Brenda Feliciano
- singer Mauricio Trejo
- singer Jorge Ocasio
- saxophonist David deJesus
- singer Franshees Ricardo

Special guests:
- percussionist Candido
- percussionist Chembo Corniel
- percussionist Bobby Sanabria
- trumpeter Enrique Sanchez
- pianist Alex Brown

The vocal group:
Shadia Almasri, Elise Hernandez, Bert Dovo and Edwin David Vargas

The band:
Michael Mossman, Jon Gordon,
Bob Kindred, Art Baron, Adam Asarnow, Dean Johnson, and
Tim Horner

Written by Anne Phillips
Directed by Beth and Tad Jones
Musical Director Bob Kindred

Tickets on sale now:

BBKing's box office
237 West 42nd St

Ticketmaster online
or call 800-745-3000


Kings photo: Barbara Galati

Video cover Photo: Dave Rubin
Other photos: Judy Kirtley, Peter Serling
Promo video & web: Susanne Joshua


Performance materials, including solo and choral arrangements, available:
Wyomissing Music

170 West End Avenue

NY, NY 10023


Jazz Nativity, Three Kings


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